Placemats are a beautiful way to define a place setting area, to protect tabletops and to decorate for special occasions or for the season. They can be made from a variety of materials, ranging from silicon coated themed pictures to lovely, woven rattan. They can also be made from washable materials, such as quilted fabric or even crocheted, knit, tatted string materials. They can be part of a tablecloth/placemat or runner/placemat set. Or they can be mixed and matched with other table treatments. Placemats can be color-coordinated with napkins, plates, or coasters for a pleasing effect.